When you have 4G, Tinder works best in finding new friends, but in the absence of worldly pleasures like 4G and signal, Nature plays Tinder quite well. You need to install a love for nature and the outdoors, and regularly keep updating it with patch updates called Trips. Its only then that Nature's throws open its 'Tinder Avatar'! Here's presenting 48 hours of epicness that has body paints at nights in between a forest trek, cooking Tomato Chutney with the hippies, discovering secret beaches through cave trekking in low tides. Now read on! Welcome to Goa!
It was 5:37 am, and I finally woke up on my 10th snooze. 23 minutes to go before the 70102 Karwar-Pernem Passenger would start. I was sleeping in the railway retiring room at Karwar Railway Station, and needed to go down to the ticket counter, to buy my train ticket (35 Rs), collect my room safety deposit(Rs 300) and pack all devices being charged. At 5:56 am, I managed to pull through to the train and checked my phone. My friend-AB who was to join me at Karwar from Hubli was nowhere to be seen. We exchanged Whatsapp location details and he had changed his plan at 3 am after not getting a bus to Karwar. So I was meeting him in Madgaon Railway station now at 6:45 am. As soon as the train was crossing the Kali river to Asnoti Railway station, a huge mass of people ran amok and conquered the seats, just as I went near the door to speak to AB. I lost my seat in this mess, and found a makeshift seat near the door, with the chill 10 degree morning breeze for company. I heard that this is the only mode of transport for people in these smaller towns to get to Madgaon or Panjim (Karmali Station) for work. This train was speeding about, unlike a lazy passenger train zipping past insignificant stations, and stopping at the small stations for not more than 30 seconds.